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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Time
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Description
Library staff will be at Urbana Middle School for Urbana School District #116 centralized registration. Parents can register all of their children for the 2015-2016 school year and apply for a Library card at one convenient time and place!
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Time
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Teacher, Megan McGinty, will assist 10 of her students to prevent the summer slide.
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, July 31, 2015
Time
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Teacher, Megan McGinty, will assist 10 of her students to prevent the summer slide.
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, July 31, 2015
Time
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Description
A diller, a dollar, a ten o'clock scholar! Learn how to make your very own jump rope and some new jump rope rhymes.

For children in elementary school.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 01, 2015
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Click here to read the August 2015 edition of This Month at The Urbana Free Library.
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 01, 2015
Time
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
This summer you can visit with Library staff at Read At the Market, a monthly event at Urbana's Market at the Square, located at the corner of Illinois & Vine Streets in downtown Urbana. You can sign up for the Summer Reading Program, enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, learn about programs, services, and what's new on the shelves. We'll have unique activities each month for everyone in the family!

In August, Read at the Market will help celebrate the 40th Annual Sweetcorn Festival, with books, displays, and activities. We also may get a visit from Corny, the mascot of the Sweetcorn Festival!

Read at the Market is sponsored by The Urbana Free Library in collaboration with the Market at the Square.



Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 01, 2015
Time
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, August 03, 2015
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

For children and their families.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, August 06, 2015
Time
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Description
Young performers from Class Act Performing Arts Studio will present highlights from this musical comedy revue.

For children in elementary school and their families
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 08, 2015
Time
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Description
Join us for this monthly drop-in program for all ages. Choose a game to play from the library's collection of board games for adults and families. We have some old classics like Go and Backgammon, as well as new favorites like deck-building Dominion and treasure-hunting Tobago. Never heard of 'em? No problem. We'll have staff and volunteers standing by to lead demonstrations of how to play. Grab a beverage at the cafe and spend an enjoyable afternoon playing games with friends at the library.
Location
The MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 08, 2015
Time
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Hola! Join us for stories, songs, and activities in English and Spanish. This program is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the UIUC.

For children of all ages and their families.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 08, 2015
Time
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, August 10, 2015
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

For children and their families.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, August 10, 2015
Time
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Description
Let summer go to the dogs when you read with some furry, four-footed friends. Children can practice their reading skills with the dogs from a local pet therapy group.

For children in elementary school.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Time
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Description
Channel your inner artist and create optical illusions with chalk and a digital camera.

For children of all ages and their families.
Location
Cherry Alley
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, August 14, 2015
Time
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Description
Jet over to the Library dressed as your favorite superhero to make superhero items and have a superhero snack!

For children ages 4 and up and their families
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Description
Let's makes some bubbles! Meet us on Cherry Alley to enjoy some sudsy fun. Be prepared to get soaked and soapy!

For children of all ages and their families.
Location
Cherry Alley
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Time
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
We're kicking off the UFLive! season with the powerful, soulful sounds of Dalipop. Lead singer Kenna Mae Reis, members of the ever-popular Duke of Uke and his Novelty Orchestra, and some new faces form Dalipop.
Kenna Mae Reiss - Vocals
David King - Ukulele
Sarah Cramer - Bass
Rebecca Burlingame - Drums
Elizabeth Allen - Keyboards/Vocals
Dana Lynn - Clarinet/Vocals
Doug Buscemi - Guitar
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, August 17, 2015
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

For children and their families.
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Time
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
meeting
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Time
All Day - All Day
Description


How to Enter Your Lego Project:
• Age categories are children (0 - 12 years); teen (13 – 19 years); and adult (20+ years)
• Registration will open on July 15. Last day to register is Saturday, August 15
• Bring your project to the Library on Friday, August 21 (4:00 to 6:00 p.m.) or Saturday, August 22 (9:00 to 11:00 a.m.)
• After the contest, please pick up your project on Sunday, August 23 (1:00 to 5:00 p.m.)

Rules:
• You may use LEGO®, DUPLO®, Mega Bloks®, or other LEGO® compatible plastic bricks.
• Entries will be judged on originality and must be your own creation (not a LEGO® designed kit or project found online, in a magazine, or a book).
• Your project must be on a base no bigger than 24 x 24 inches and can be wood, cardboard, or a LEGO® flat base.
• You may decorate your base to fit with your project. Your completed project may be no taller than four feet.
• Only one entry per participant or team (where applicable).
• Team projects will be categorized by the oldest participant on the team.
• Team participants may not submit individual entries (all members of a team will compete for a single prize).
• Make a sign with the name of your project. Do not put your name anywhere on the project. Your project will be assigned a number for judging.

On Saturday, August 22:

• Judging will take place 11:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m. by a team of LEGO enthusiasts.
• During the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., attendees can vote for their favorite project in each age category.
• Awards will be announced at 3:00 p.m.
• Every winner will receive a prize!

Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Time
All Day - All Day
Description


How to Enter Your Lego Project:
• Age categories are children (0 - 12 years); teen (13 – 19 years); and adult (20+ years)
• Registration will open on July 15. Last day to register is Saturday, August 15
• Bring your project to the Library on Friday, August 21 (4:00 to 6:00 p.m.) or Saturday, August 22 (9:00 to 11:00 a.m.)
• After the contest, please pick up your project on Sunday, August 23 (1:00 to 5:00 p.m.)

Rules:
• You may use LEGO®, DUPLO®, Mega Bloks®, or other LEGO® compatible plastic bricks.
• Entries will be judged on originality and must be your own creation (not a LEGO® designed kit or project found online, in a magazine, or a book).
• Your project must be on a base no bigger than 24 x 24 inches and can be wood, cardboard, or a LEGO® flat base.
• You may decorate your base to fit with your project. Your completed project may be no taller than four feet.
• Only one entry per participant or team (where applicable).
• Team projects will be categorized by the oldest participant on the team.
• Team participants may not submit individual entries (all members of a team will compete for a single prize).
• Make a sign with the name of your project. Do not put your name anywhere on the project. Your project will be assigned a number for judging.

On Saturday, August 22:

• Judging will take place 11:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m. by a team of LEGO enthusiasts.
• During the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., attendees can vote for their favorite project in each age category.
• Awards will be announced at 3:00 p.m.
• Every winner will receive a prize!

Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Time
All Day - All Day
Description


How to Enter Your Lego Project:
• Age categories are children (0 - 12 years); teen (13 – 19 years); and adult (20+ years)
• Registration will open on July 15. Last day to register is Saturday, August 15
• Bring your project to the Library on Friday, August 21 (4:00 to 6:00 p.m.) or Saturday, August 22 (9:00 to 11:00 a.m.)
• After the contest, please pick up your project on Sunday, August 23 (1:00 to 5:00 p.m.)

Rules:
• You may use LEGO®, DUPLO®, Mega Bloks®, or other LEGO® compatible plastic bricks.
• Entries will be judged on originality and must be your own creation (not a LEGO® designed kit or project found online, in a magazine, or a book).
• Your project must be on a base no bigger than 24 x 24 inches and can be wood, cardboard, or a LEGO® flat base.
• You may decorate your base to fit with your project. Your completed project may be no taller than four feet.
• Only one entry per participant or team (where applicable).
• Team projects will be categorized by the oldest participant on the team.
• Team participants may not submit individual entries (all members of a team will compete for a single prize).
• Make a sign with the name of your project. Do not put your name anywhere on the project. Your project will be assigned a number for judging.

On Saturday, August 22:

• Judging will take place 11:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m. by a team of LEGO enthusiasts.
• During the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., attendees can vote for their favorite project in each age category.
• Awards will be announced at 3:00 p.m.
• Every winner will receive a prize!

Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Time
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Time
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night).

Not a member yet? Join ONLINE or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in March, August, and November. You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop. Proceeds from book sales and the Book Shop support Library programs and the purchase of Library materials.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, August 28, 2015
Time
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Description
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night).

Not a member yet? Join ONLINE or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in March, August, and November. You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop. Proceeds from book sales and the Book Shop support Library programs and the purchase of Library materials.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Registration is now open!
You may begin logging your reading
progress on May 28



Get jazzed at the Library this summer! Sign up for Read to the Rhythm and have a rockin' good time in the Library reading books and magazines, playing games, and having fun at our fun programs.

Read to the Rhythm is for children through grade 5—those being read to and those reading on their own. Every time you read at least 15 minutes, color in a piano key on your reading log. Bring your completed log to the Library to receive a free book and other goodies.

But don’t stop there—keep reading! For each additional reading log you complete, you will receive another free book.


Print a PDF Copy of Reading Log



Dates to Remember

May 9 • First day to register

May 28 – August 31 • Log your reading progress

June 21 • First day to pick up prizes


To sign up, click on the Sign Me Up button (above) and fill in all the required fields.

For information about Read to the Rhythm, click HERE . Questions? Call Children's Services at 217-367-4069 or stop by the question desk.

Book prizes are funded by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library